Garden flowers

Osteospermum: osteo in the garden

Osteospermum is a magnificent perennial with generous and abundant flowers.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Oestospermum
Family : Asteraceae
Type : Flower, perennial

: 20 to 60 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Well drained, humus

: Persistent -Flowering : April to October

Maintenance, from planting to flowering and from spring to fall will significantly improve the growth of your osteospurmum. (Photo © hcast)

Planting osteospermum

Osteospermums are perennial flowers that are winter hardy in areas with mild climates. The more they are in the sun and protected from the cold, the more likely you are to keep them from year to year.

Planting osteospermums:

It is preferably done at spring. You can also plant at autumn if the winter in your area is mild enough.

Be careful because the plant is frost from -5 ° and therefore will not withstand lower temperatures.
This does not mean that it cannot be cultivated but it will be necessary to plant new ones the following spring.

  • Respect a distance of 30 to 40 cm between each plant.
  • Pick a location mostly sunny and sheltered from the wind because she fears frost.

Multiplication of osteospermum:

The easiest technique to propagate osteospermum is by sowing seeds.

  • Sowing under shelter from March-April and cuttings possible in summer.
  • We can also sow directly in place from the month of May.
  • Finally, you can also divide the tuft, it is very effective

Maintenance of osteospermum

Maintenance is easy and you just have to water the summer in the event of extreme heat or prolonged drought.

Remove them wilted flowers As things progress. This will stimulate the appearance of new flowers.

  • Thewinter, it is important to protect the plant if you fear temperatures below -5 °.

Watering osteospermum:

Water only during the hottest months of the year, if you notice that your plant is lacking water.

Osteosperum after flowering:

Osteospermum is very interesting because its foliage is evergreen and therefore remains very pretty during the winter.

But this plant hardly resists frosts below -5 °, especially if they are prolonged.

  • In regions with mild winters you can store it without worry in pots or in the ground outside.
  • Elsewhere, bring them in if they are in a pot in a place protected from frost or cover them with a thick mulch of leaves to help them through the winter

Osteospermum disease:

Osteospermum is particularly resistant to insects, parasites and diseases.

If you see spots on the leaves, it is most likely themildew.

More rarely, osteospermum can be attacked by aphids.

To know about osteospermums

A very pretty perennial with generous flowering for much of the year, osteospermum is also easy to grow and not very susceptible to most diseases.

The color variety it offers ranges from white to pink, passing through blue or purple.

Nevertheless sensitive to frost, it is often cultivated as an annual in cooler regions.

Native to South Africa, they are sometimes called African daisies.

Smart tip

Grow it also in a pot, its prolonged flowering is a real asset!

Video: Trimming Back Perennials (November 2021).